July 11, 2011
BCSE Joins Other Businesses in Opposition to Delays in Toxic Emissions Reductions
The BCSE joined a letter sent today to House and Senate leadership urging Congress not to interfere with established Clean Air Act timelines for reducing emissions of mercury and other toxic air pollutants from the electric power sector. The letter was written and signed by a diverse collection of businesses and business groups, including many BCSE members. In a press statement announcing the release of the letter, BCSE President Lisa Jacobson noted, “Reducing toxic emissions from the electric sector will not threaten the nation’s electric system reliability. Those calling for further delay are posing America with a false choice. American businesses can keep the lights on and grow the economy while protecting public health."
The letter spoke to EPA's proposed Mercury and Air Toxics Standards. These standards would reduce emissions of toxic air pollutants—including mercury, arsenic, chromium, nickel, hydrogen chloride, and hydrogen fluoride—from new and existing coal- and oil-fired electric utility steam generating units (EGUs). Congress is considering delaying or restricting the implementation of these standards through the appropriations process and/or amendments to the Clean Air Act.